News – Sun 21 Jan 2001

Michael Jackson has agreed to be psychic Uri Geller’s best man at his wedding. Uri and Hanna Geller married 10 weavermanyears ago but now want to exchange vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony.

According to The News Of The World the couple were delighted when Jackson agreed to be best man. He will help hold the chupah – the canopy under which the ceremony is conducted – as Uri, 54, and Hanna, 50, exchange vows.

Spoon-bending Uri said: “It is going to be a very quiet and spiritual event. Michael and I go back many years, we have done spiritual things together. We are very close.”

He revealed that he and Hanna originally wanted the ceremony at Stonehenge but had to scrap that idea because of fears for Jackson’s security.

“I was looking for something extremely spiritual. But what concerned me was Michael’s security and mine in the open air,” said Uri.

The wedding will now take place at Israeli-born Uri’s £5.5 million mansion in Sonning, Berkshire, in the second week of March.

Uri said: “Hanna and I were going to get married in Budapest in 1991. We travelled there because we wanted to get married in the main synagogue where my parents were married. But when we went there it was shut down for repairs. So we had a civil ceremony.

“This ceremony is going to be a dream come true for me.”

The service will be conducted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Next month the rabbi is set to give a lecture – titled What Parents Can Learn From Their Children – to the Oxford Union alongside Jackson.


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